Squishy Play Dough Recipe Ideas

Oosing, Gooey, Globby Masses Of Fun

These homemade Play Dough Recipe ideas are messy, gooey and so much fun to try.

Learn how to make play dough, a craft project for kids of all ages, even grown ups!

Dig your fingers into the homemade playdough, mold it and fold it and mold it again and again.

make your own play dough

post it noteResearch shows that playing with this medium improves hand strength, dexterity and motor skills.

Using your fingers and hands stimulates your brain.

When children dig into playdough, brain cells are created as they themselves create their play dough crafts.

How To Make Play Dough

Uncooked Play Dough

homemade play dough


  • 2 Cups of Plain Flour
  • 4 tablespoons of Cream of Tartar (makes the mixture smooth and stick together.
  • 2 tablespoons of Cooking Oil
  • 1 cup of Salt
  • 2 cups of Boiling water
  • Different Food Coloring-add this at the end of your mixing


  • Put all the ingredients except the food coloring into a bowl and mix well...get your hands right in there!

    animated dinosaurGrown up does this step...

    The Grown Up adds the Water!!

    Please be extra careful when using boiling water.

    Use a strong wooden spoon or spatula to stir the water into the dry mix as the whole thing becomes quite hot. Thoroughly mix carefully with your hands.

    Once cooled you can really get your hands into the dough kneading the mixture until it is smooth and pliable.

  • homemade playdoughDivide the homemade playdough into portions and add the different food dyes that you want to work with.

    # Use rubber gloves as the coloring tends to stain your hands

  • Throw the mix out onto a flat surface (use an old piece of solid plastic, a pastry sheet or an old chopping board

  • Knead well until smooth and squishy!!

    Let the little ones use their imaginations to mold the play dough recipe into lots of different shapes, creatures and other creations.

Sometimes kids love to just play with the colors mixing them up into one big lump...hey, that's ok.

The idea of playing with homemade play dough is to get to mold and squash and remold and roll it out and mess and then do it all over again...you get the idea!

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Homemade Playdough Tips

  • Add Glitter to the mixture for an interesting effect
  • Peppermint or Lavender Oil (just a few drops) will make the playdough smell nice and it will keep longer
  • Store the homemade play dough in air-tight containers in the fridge-usually will last up to 2/3 weeks

Homemade Playdough Craft Project for Kids

Using this play dough recipe you can teach your little Poppit...

little abc graphicThe Alphabet by making up individual letters.

Using the letters you can teach them their name, their street address, the country they were born in etc.

Make great personal gifts for Family and friends.

Decorate with paints or add beads, nuts, pasta etc to the creation to make it a little different.

Here are some links to more Easy Crafts for Kids that you and you little Poppit can have so much fun creating.

You don't have to just wear a Sock!

Paper bags can be used for fun projects

Chenille Stems/Pipe cleaners, twist and turn some great craft creations

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